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Weekly Wrap 10.17.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 10/17/2014 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

1. Race and America’s Gun Culture "Whites walking down Main Street with an AK-47 are defenders of American values; a black man doing the same thing is Public Enemy No. 1." ...

Do Black Atheists Have Different Concerns Than White Atheists?
Originally Posted: 10/09/2014 - 4:17pm | Type: Blog

“Social justice issues go to the heart of what it means to be a human being,” she said. “Beyond our religious differences, we need to work together and solve these issues . . . We don’t really have time to was ...

Atheists Tweet More Often than Muslims, Jews, Christians, Study Shows
Originally Posted: 10/06/2014 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

A new study of Twitter finds that self-identified religious users are more likely to tweet to members of their own faith than to members of a different one. The study examined people whose Twitter profiles ide ...

Atheist Coalition Wants You to Know They Are ‘Openly Secular’
Originally Posted: 09/24/2014 - 4:41pm | Type: Blog

A new coalition of atheists, humanists and other nonreligious groups is taking a page from the gay rights movement and encouraging people to admit they are “openly secular.” A new ...

Sam Harris Wants Atheists – And Everyone Else – to Get Spirituality
Originally Posted: 09/10/2014 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

Uber-atheist Sam Harris is getting all spiritual. In his new book, “ Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion ,” the usually outspoken critic of religion describes how spirituality can and must be divorced from religion if the human mind ...

Atheists Want You to Sit Down for the Pledge of Allegiance
Originally Posted: 09/10/2014 - 11:42am | Type: Blog

Sit down and shut up. That’s the message of a campaign launched Sept. 8 by the  American Humanist Association , asking Americans to refrain from standing and reciting  the Pledge of Allegiance  until Congress removes the phrase “under God.” Th ...

Airman Denied Re-entry to Air Force for Refusing to Say ‘So Help Me God’
Originally Posted: 09/08/2014 - 12:32pm | Type: Blog

The American Humanist Association said Sept. 4 that an airman at Nevada’s Creech Air Force Base who crossed out “so help me God” in the oath the Air Force requires servicemen and women to sign was told in Augu ...

Victor Stenger, Atheism’s 'Fifth Horseman,' is Dead
Originally Posted: 09/04/2014 - 11:40am | Type: Blog

The atheist community is mourning the death of Victor Stenger, a prominent physicist who championed rooting out religion from the public sphere and was best-known for quipping: “Science flies you to the moon. ...

Richard Dawkins: Atheism’s Asset or Liability?
Originally Posted: 08/08/2014 - 11:17am | Type: Blog

It was 2006’s “The God Delusion” that many credit with sparking a growing interest in atheism in the U.S. Along with best-selling books by the other members of the “Four Horsemen” of atheism—the late Christoph ...

Atheist Or Believer? Frank Schaeffer Is A Bit Of Both
Originally Posted: 06/13/2014 - 4:08pm | Type: Press

June 12, 2014 Sojo in the News Kimberly Winston ...

In Mixed Faith Marriages, Focus Is on 'Values,' Not 'Beliefs'
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

If interfaith marriages are supposedly doomed, Dale McGowan’s should have been toe-tagged from the start. If interfaith marriages are supposedly doomed, Dale McGowan’s should have ...

Losing My Religion
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Randall Balmer How U.S. evangelicals rejected one of their own—and helped spawn the "New Atheism." ...

Atheist TV: Coming Soon to a Television Near You
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 11:33am | Type: Blog

Move over, Christian televangelists. Atheism is coming to television. Move over, Christian televangelists. Atheism is coming to television. Speaking at a gathering of local ath ...

Atheists Use Popular Bible App to Evangelize About Unbelief
Originally Posted: 11/05/2013 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

Like lots of college students, Lauren has a smartphone loaded with some of the most popular apps around — Facebook, Twitter, and eBay. And like a lot of unbelievers, she asked to not use her full name because ...

Poll: 76 Percent Of Americans Are True Believers
Originally Posted: 10/29/2013 - 4:04pm | Type: Press

October 29, 2013 Sojo in the News Lisa Furgison ...

Help Thou My Unbelief
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Ryan Ahlgrim A pastor's journey of trust in the face of doubt. LAST YEAR on NPR’s “All Things Considered ...

Richard Dawkins Under Fire for ‘Mild Pedophilia’ Remarks
Originally Posted: 09/10/2013 - 10:15am | Type: Blog

Richard Dawkins, one of the world’s best-known and outspoken atheists, has provoked outrage among child protection agencies and experts after suggesting that recent child abuse scandals have been overblown. ...

Questioning the Bible: What I Would Have Said to Bill Maher
Originally Posted: 07/30/2013 - 1:46pm | Type: Blog

It matters how we read the Bible. So as someone who has focused on confronting those "bad parts" in Scripture, I wanted to take a stab at addressing Maher's questions. ...

Lifetree Cafes Offer Space for Tough Topics
Originally Posted: 06/07/2013 - 3:22pm | Type: Blog

On a recent Monday evening, a room inside Christ Community Church was transformed into a coffeehouse with fresh-brewed coffee, plenty of popped kettle corn and the thorny subject of racism on the table. ...

One Scouts Ban Remains Intact: Atheists
Originally Posted: 05/30/2013 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

The decision by the Boy Scouts of America to accept openly gay Scouts has raised the question: Are atheists and other nonbelievers — the only remaining group BSA still bans — next? ...

Meet Robert Ingersoll, America’s Most Famous Forgotten Atheist
Originally Posted: 05/29/2013 - 2:19pm | Type: Blog

Meet Robert Ingersoll, the most famous American atheist you’ve probably never heard of. Meet Robert Ingersoll, the most famous American atheist you’ve probably never heard of. ...

Does Pope Francis Endorse Heresy? No, But He Does Raise Questions
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

Is Pope Francis endorsing heresy? It might look that way from the eye-catching headlines this week that made it appear everyone was bound for heaven — “even atheists!” — thanks to Jesus’ death on the cross. ...

Atheists Rally Around Jailed Bangladeshi Bloggers
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 4:08pm | Type: Blog

An international consortium of nonbelievers is planning rallies Thursday outside Bangladeshi embassies and consulates to demand the release of several Bangladeshi bloggers who were arrested on charges of blasp ...

The Problem Isn’t God; It’s Certainty
Originally Posted: 04/08/2013 - 9:07am | Type: Blog

Uncertainty about the existence of God is not the same thing as certainty about the non-existence of God. Uncertainty about the existence of God is not the same thing as certainty ...

A Year After Losing Faith, Atheist Pastor Finds a New Calling
Originally Posted: 10/01/2013 - 10:18am | Type: Blog

This Easter, Teresa MacBain will mark an anniversary that’s uncommon for an ordained minister — her first year as an atheist. This Easter, Teresa MacBain will mark an anniversar ...

One Woman’s Journey Out of Faith, Family, and Fear
Originally Posted: 03/05/2013 - 9:00am | Type: Blog

There were at least 5,000 honor killings in 2000, according to a U.N. report. In 2010, a British newspaper estimated the number as high as 20,000. Most honor killings involve the murder of one family member — ...

Waiting for God in the Dark Night of the Soul: On Peter Rollins' Atheism for Lent
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

I love Peter Rollins' honesty about his dark night of the soul. He's popularized a term for the intellectual position accompanying the dark night of the soul: a/theism. I interpret Peter's thoug ...

Crossing the Belief Divide
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:51am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter ReFocus: Living a Life that Reflects God's Heart. Zondervan. / Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the R ...

Newest Front in 'Christmas Wars:' Billboards
Originally Posted: 12/18/2012 - 5:09pm | Type: Blog

A billboard posted in Chico, Calif., that originally read “Don’t believe in God? Join the club” was defaced on Dec. 12, less than a week after it appeared, with vandals removing the word “don’t.” ...

Crosses, Stars, and New Symbols of a Movement
Originally Posted: 09/25/2012 - 4:42pm | Type: Blog

The red letter “A” that Nathaniel Hawthorne’s heroine was forced to wear as a badge of shame in the classic novel The Scarlet Letter is now proudly chosen by atheists to wear on jewelry made from ceramic, silv ...

Atheists Find a New Venue for the Godless: On Film
Originally Posted: 08/16/2012 - 9:42am | Type: Blog

There were no red carpets, no paparazzi, no celebrities, and definitely no God at the recent annual Atheist Film Festival. SAN FRANCISCO — There were no red carpets, no paparazzi, ...

Poll Shows Atheism on the Rise in the U.S.
Originally Posted: 08/13/2012 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

Religiosity is on the decline in the U.S. and atheism is on the rise, according to a new worldwide poll. Religiosity is on the decline in the U.S. and atheism is on the rise, acc ...

The Religious Left and Atheists: A Missed Partnership?
Originally Posted: 08/08/2012 - 12:04pm | Type: Blog

Adam Lee says the religious left has more in common with atheists than the Religious Right. Writing for Salon , Adam Lee argues: Despite their shared belief in Go ...

Atheists Rally for Persecuted Unbeliever in Indonesia
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 9:40am | Type: Blog

The atheist community has embraced the cause of an Indonesian man, Alexander Aan, who was beaten and jailed after denying God’s existence on Facebook and posting cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. ...

Pennsylvania Atheist Threatens to Desecrate Quran Over State Bill
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 9:38am | Type: Blog

The director of the Pennsylvania chapter of American Atheists says he will desecrate the Quran if the state House of Representatives doesn't drop a "Year of Religious Diversity" resolution. ...

St. Paul Saints Baseball Team to Become ‘Mr. Paul Aints’ on Atheist Night
Originally Posted: 07/17/2012 - 3:04pm | Type: Blog

For one hot August night, the St. Paul Saints, a Minnesota minor league baseball team, will become the “Mr. Paul Aints” in a game sponsored by a local atheist group. For one hot A ...

Q & A: 'Atheism for Dummies'
Originally Posted: 07/10/2012 - 11:15am | Type: Blog

Dale McGowan is an author and executive director of Foundation Beyond Belie f, a nontheistic charitable organization. He was recently enlisted to write “Atheism for Dummies,” the first book about nontheists from the “Dummies” series of books. ...

Atheist Files Complaint Over Pennsylvania Restaurant’s Discount for Churchgoers
Originally Posted: 07/09/2012 - 4:27pm | Type: Blog

A Pennsylvania resident filed a complaint with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission claiming a 22-year-old restaurant should not give discounts based on religion. LANCASTER ...

Sin and Chewing Gum
Originally Posted: 07/05/2012 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

What drives so many people to atheism is not selfishness or hedonism, but the experience of abandonment in the face of suffering, grief, and injustice. Yesterday, I was walking th ...

Banning Atheists from Public Office
Originally Posted: 05/31/2012 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

A fascinating visual from the wonderful blog ‘I Love Charts’ caught some attention on the inter-webs yesterday, highlighting a little known fact from the statute books of some of the nation’s states. ...

Atheists, Believers Both Do Good But for Different Reasons, Studies Say
Originally Posted: 05/29/2012 - 5:44pm | Type: Blog

Atheists and others who don’t adhere to a religion often say they can be good without God. Now, three new studies appear to back them up. BERKELEY, Calif. — Atheists and others w ...

Don’t Think Too Hard; You’ll Kill God (Day Nine)
Originally Posted: 05/11/2012 - 11:49am | Type: Blog

It’s not hard to understand why lots of folks are howling that such postmodern theology is yet another subversive form of atheism, intent on killing God once and for all. But if that’s really all there is to o ...

For Clergy, Lost Faith Can Lead to Lost Family, Jobs
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 9:41am | Type: Blog

The Clergy Project is an online support network for pastors who have lost their faith and found atheism. As coming out parties go, this was a big one. As the American Atheists ...

Secularists Counter National Day of Prayer with National Day of Reason
Originally Posted: 04/27/2012 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

As millions of Americans bow their heads next Thursday (May 3) for the annual National Day of Prayer, atheists, humanists and other nontheists will mark a day of their own. The National Day of Reason - or "NDR" in the shorthand of the nonth ...

Compassion Wins: A Longtime Atheist Becomes Christian
Originally Posted: 04/05/2012 - 12:16pm | Type: Blog

Patrick Greene, a lifelong atheist known for his public stands against Christianity, recently announced that he has become a Christian. Patrick Greene, a lifelong atheist known fo ...

A Noted Atheist (No Not That One, The Other One) on What Religion Can Teach Non-Believers
Originally Posted: 04/05/2012 - 8:47am | Type: Blog

This is not another book that simply critiques religion. In Religion For Atheists: A Non-believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion, Alain de Botton, a noted author on a wide range of themes – from architec ...

Do Atheists Have Anything to Learn From Religion?
Originally Posted: 03/26/2012 - 5:01pm | Type: Blog

In his new book, "Religion For Atheists: A Non-believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion" Alain de Botton outlines an array of things he contends religions get right and that atheists can adopt t ...

Slavery, Tokenism and the Atheist PR Debacle
Originally Posted: 03/16/2012 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

Atheist activism is hardly news these days. Folks are feeling increasingly convicted about taking their disbelief public, and more specifically, pointing out the damage done by religion. But it seems the most ...

Military Atheists Get Ready to ‘Rock Beyond Belief’
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

After more than a year of planning, atheists in the military will stage a public festival and rock concert celebrating their lack of religious beliefs at North Carolina's Fort Bragg, one of the largest U. ...

Atheists’ Slavery Billboard Raises Tempers in Pennsylvania
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 6:03pm | Type: Blog

A billboard erected in one of the city's most racially diverse neighborhoods featured an African slave with the biblical quote, "Slaves, obey your masters." It lasted less than a day before some ...